Getting an Education at Ed Expo

July 23, 2008

There is a great exhibit that shares space with America’s Kids – Education Expo. Ed Expo offers schools and teachers the opportunity to enter projects into the L.A. County Fair as a class. Projects follow a theme, like California history. Walking through Ed Expo during the Fair offers wonderful insight into what students are doing, their creativity and imagination.

Drop-off for this year’s entries was held earlier this month. I walked over to Fairplex 10 to see what was in store for this year and I was simply amazed at the talent I saw. From missions to photography to sewing projects to scrapbooking – everything looked great. There are 1,225 entries this year from students in grades K – 12. Beverly Oates from West Covina Unified School District delivered the entries from her district, everything from totem poles to photographs. “The teachers incorporate (the Education Expo project) into the mandatory part of the students’ California history lesson,” Oates said.
“Then some is done as part of the science curriculum.” She said the students enjoy participating. “They get to show their work off and their families come out to the Fair to see. It’s an honor for their work to be here.”

Teacher Christy Passoth from Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar has her students enter every year. This year they did poetry notebooks. “I couldn’t be prouder. They’ve gone way beyond the parameters of my expectations. The kids who entered are just amazing.”

It’s heartening to see youngsters so excited about their studies. Drop by America’s Kids/Education Expo during the Fair to see what our school children are doing.

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